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Ethiopian human rights protesters take to streets in Addis Ababa

Around 10,000 Ethiopians staged an anti-government demonstration on Sunday in the first large-scale protest since a disputed 2005 election ended in street violence that killed 200 people.

The demonstrators marched through Addis Ababa’s northern Arat Kilo and Piazza districts before gathering at Churchill Avenue in front of a obelisk with a giant red star perched on top, a relic of Ethiopia‘s violent communist past.

Some protesters carried banners reading “Justice! Justice! Justice!” or pictures of imprisoned opposition figures. Others chanted: “We call for respect of the constitution.”

A few police officers watched the demonstration, for which the authorities had granted permission.

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